Drug Overdose Epidemic is Far Beyond Opioids

Most government-funded initiatives to address the overdose epidemic in the United States have targeted opioids specifically.They have neglected other drugs that are increasingly implicated in overdoses, such as cocaine and methamphetamine.This is the finding of an issue brief by a drug policy expert at Rice University. The is Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III … Continue reading Drug Overdose Epidemic is Far Beyond Opioids

Doctors and Policymakers Struggle To Keep Up As Opioid Use Surges among Women

Rachael Pomerleau, 40, had taken opioids before, having had procedures like wisdom teeth removal and gallbladder surgery. But during the tumultuous two years that her children, now ages 7 and 8, were born, opioids took over her life, she told HuffPost. She was put on bed rest as a result of complications with the pregnancy of her … Continue reading Doctors and Policymakers Struggle To Keep Up As Opioid Use Surges among Women

Seniors In The Deep South And Rural Western States Prescribed Most Benzodiazepines And Opioids

Older male doctors in the South and in rural western states are prescribing the most sedatives and opioids to seniors, according to a new University of Michigan (U-M) study. And those receiving the drugs are more often than not less educated, from areas with lower incomes and at higher risk for suicide. States with the … Continue reading Seniors In The Deep South And Rural Western States Prescribed Most Benzodiazepines And Opioids

OPIOID CRISIS: What role have doctors played in creating the opioid crisis?

Many admit overprescribing of opioid medications helped create epidemic In the early 1990s, the number of painkiller prescriptions filled at U.S. pharmacies increased by 2 to 3 million every year. Around 1996, they jumped by 8 million, as doctors quickly became part of a painkiller prescription-writing bonanza. The makers of Oxycontin launched a marketing campaign … Continue reading OPIOID CRISIS: What role have doctors played in creating the opioid crisis?

US sees drop in life expectancy, largely due to opioid crisis among young adults

New studies published in the British Medical Journal examine life expectancy trends in high income countries The United States is among 14 high-income countries with declining life expectancy rates, according to new research recently published in the British Medical Journal. The research features findings from two separate observational studies, one pointing to the ongoing opioid crisis in the … Continue reading US sees drop in life expectancy, largely due to opioid crisis among young adults

Kratom kills 2 in Pennsylvania. Will There be More Deaths Elsewhere?

Kratom, a legal herbal supplement derived from a plant, affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine and appears to have properties that expose users to the risks of addiction, abuse and dependence. Chester County officials have linked kratom use to the accidental overdose deaths of two men there earlier this year. Police in Chester … Continue reading Kratom kills 2 in Pennsylvania. Will There be More Deaths Elsewhere?

Doctors Told of Patients’ Opioid Overdose Deaths Less Likely to Prescribe the Drugs

A new study finds doctors who were informed of their patients’ deaths from prescription opioids were less likely to prescribe the drugs for new patients. The doctors also issued fewer high-dose prescriptions over the next three months, compared with doctors who did not receive a letter informing them of patient overdose deaths, according to The Washington … Continue reading Doctors Told of Patients’ Opioid Overdose Deaths Less Likely to Prescribe the Drugs

How Much Time Did Your Doctor Spend Informing You About The Probability of Addiction, Organ Damage & Premature Death BEFORE He Gave You Your First Opioid, Benzo, or Antidepressant?

A typical scenario is going to your doctor with some type of pain, anxiety, or mood issues.  He (or she) gives you a few brief moments to describe what's going on and then offers you Vicodin, Klonopin, and/or an antidepressant.  The entire scenario exists in the space of about 30 seconds. You happily leave the … Continue reading How Much Time Did Your Doctor Spend Informing You About The Probability of Addiction, Organ Damage & Premature Death BEFORE He Gave You Your First Opioid, Benzo, or Antidepressant?

11 BIG Signs of Opioid Addiction Everyone Should Know

As this is only a brief overview of opioid addiction, it is one that everyone needs to know and understand.  If it isn't you, yourself, it could be a child, a spouse, a relative or a friend. In these dark times of doctors causing addiction, we need to be vigilant to keep our eyes and … Continue reading 11 BIG Signs of Opioid Addiction Everyone Should Know

This Common Drug Combo Raises Your Risk of Lethal Overdose Fivefold

NEVER Blindly Trust Your Doctor. Be 99% Of Your Own Medical Care By Working Together As A Team Where YOU Do Your Due Diligence And Research, Research, Research! ~ NationalAddictionNews Story at-a-glance Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. Opioids are responsible for nearly two-thirds of these … Continue reading This Common Drug Combo Raises Your Risk of Lethal Overdose Fivefold